Pro­test­ers take to the streets na­tion­wide to rally against pol­lu­tion

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple in nine cities and coun­ties around Tai­wan took to the streets Satur­day in protest against air pol­lu­tion.

The marches were held si­mul­ta­ne­ously i n Changhua, Nan­tou, Yun­lin, Chi­ayi, Tainan, Kaoh­si­ung, Ping­tung, Taichung, and Taipei.

The pro­test­ers de­manded that the gov­ern­ment im­pose an en­ergy tax, ex­pand green spa­ces, and raise flags in schools to warn of high lev­els of air pol­lu­tion.

Cit­ing a re­port by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the protest or­ga­niz­ers said par­ti­cles less than 2.5 mi­crom­e­ters in di­am­e­ter (PM2.5) — re­ferred to as “fine” par­ti­cles — can lodge deep in the lungs and are be­lieved to pose a great health risk.

The risk of in­hal­ing harm­ful par­ti­cles is es­pe­cially high dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as run­ning, hik­ing and cy­cling, the or­ga­niz­ers said.

Pro­test­ers put on masks in protest against ris­ing air pol­lu­tion, at a cam­paign event against air pol­lu­tion out­side the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice, yes­ter­day. En­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions stag­ing the protest de­manded the gov­ern­ment take ac­tion to im­prove air con­di­tions.

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